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  1. 22 hours ago

    Sarkozy’s letter to the French people

    Dear friends, On May 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, I thanked the French people for the honour of allowing...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Sleaze v spin in Mexico’s race for reform

    When Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president, ran a 10km race last month, he cruised over the finish line without so much as...

  1. March 5, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy secretly taped when France president

    Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, was secretly taped in dozens of meetings while in office by a close adviser, in...

  2. February 7, 2014

    ‘Elegance in an Age of Crisis’ at New York’s Museum at FIT

    The word “recession” tends to call to mind “austerity”, but as a new exhibit at New York’s Museum at FIT demonstrates, this...

  3. January 22, 2014

    French attractions

    From Dr John Doherty. Sir, What makes François Hollande un homme fatal? Carla Bruni (5’ 10”, 178cm) answered this question...

  4. Material World

    January 21, 2014

    Francesco Trapani's new job at LVMH and the optics of image

    Getty Images Bet corridors were buzzing over at Hermès on Monday when LVMH announced Francesco Trapani, the executive who...

  5. Material World

    July 16, 2013

    Valerie Trierweiler's Dior olive branch -- sorry, handbag

    Getty Images Just as her former Presidential First Rival, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is inaugurated as the face of Bulgari,...

  6. July 12, 2013

    Vanessa Friedman: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the new face of Bulgari

    One of the more notable moments of the recent Paris couture week occurred at a very fancy party hosted by Bulgari in a...

  7. April 26, 2013

    The mother of invention: stylish pregnancy wear

    Dress like Kate Middleton! Maternity Looks You Can Wear More than Once,” (Vogue); “Duchess Kate’s royally chic bump style”...

  8. April 26, 2013

    Public image versus private finance

    The recent move by President François Hollande to make cabinet members disclose their holdings and net worth has created...

  9. March 29, 2013

    Couture politics

    In the animal world, the male is usually the fancy dresser. But in the masculine jungle of global politics, it is the first...

  10. The World

    March 13, 2013

    Peng Liyuan: China's first lady takes centre stage

    Peng Liyuan performs in 2007 (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty) The talking point of the Chinese leadership transition has so far...

  11. March 8, 2013

    Sovereign wealth suitors woo Sarkozy

    Nicolas Sarkozy is being wooed by sovereign wealth funds including Qatar’s who are ready to back him to start a private...

  12. Material World

    January 4, 2013

    What's the sure-fire trend for 2013?

    Getty Images The first week of every year is always a week of predictions (fiscal cliff shenanigans aside, it’s generally a...

  13. Material World

    November 28, 2012

    Leveraging Samantha Cameron for fashion's sake

    Getty Images I was struck last night at the British Fashion Awards by Samantha Cameron’s appearance to present the New...

  14. November 22, 2012

    Sarkozy in court amid UMP troubles

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, was questioned on Thursday by judges probing allegations that he took illicit...

  15. August 31, 2012

    Hollande’s love life in the spotlight

    As if the eurozone crisis, a flagging economy and sliding opinion poll ratings were not enough to worry his young...

  16. July 27, 2012

    Holiday horrors

    We may be at full Olympic throttle (or overload, depending on your perspective), but do not let the thrills and spills of...

  17. July 3, 2012

    Police search Sarkozy home and offices

    French police on Tuesday raided the Paris home and offices of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, in connection...

  18. The World

    June 22, 2012

    Soap opera returns to the Elysée

    Valérie Trierweiler (L) and Ségolène Royal (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/GettyImages) One of the reasons the French people were said...

  19. May 25, 2012

    Bold platforms for France’s new agenda

    I am now going to write something I have never written before; something, in fact, I never would have thought it possible I...

  20. Material World

    May 15, 2012

    French inaugural chic

    Outgoing French president Nicolas Sarkozy is escorted by France's new president François Hollande. Getty Images Watching...

  21. May 6, 2012

    Sarkozy pays price for being crisis president

    Nicolas Sarkozy is the first French president to suffer the ignominy of failing to be re-elected since Valéry Giscard...

  22. April 20, 2012

    Will France vote bling or bland?

    On Sunday the French electorate goes to the polls for the first round of presidential elections, which are widely expected...

  23. The World

    April 16, 2012

    Watch the watch disappear

    You wait ages for a powerful and influential person to be caught trying to hide an extremely expensive watch – and then two...

  24. April 1, 2012

    The female of the species is more scary than the male

    Last week I went to a party given by an old university friend. It was a jolly enough event, full of people I’ve known for...

  25. January 31, 2012

    The Global Fund must come of age

    The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria has proved to be one of the world’s most important and innovative multilateral...

  26. Material World

    December 2, 2011

    Angela Merkel dresses for doom

    Getty Images Hillary Clinton isn’t the only politician smart enough to let her clothes do the speaking: German chancellor...

  27. November 18, 2011

    Good luxe

    Last Monday, at the Banyan Tree resort in Seoul, South Korea, a gala was held. Guests arrived in gowns and tuxedos, sipped...

  28. November 4, 2011

    Some like it haute: Woody Allen’s Paris

    We bumped into Woody Allen when he was researching Midnight in Paris, his charming cinematic ode to the city of light. We...

  29. October 21, 2011

    Sarkozy stuck with little room for manoeuvre

    There was, at least, one moment of “profound joy” for Nicolas Sarkozy this week: when his wife Carla Bruni gave birth on...

  30. FT Alphaville

    October 20, 2011

    Eurozone emergency meeting yields no sign of resolution

    France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt on Wednesday night for an emergency meeting on the eurozone crisis at...

  31. October 19, 2011

    France’s socialists pin their hopes on a revival of the ‘soft left’

    A few months ago, the running joke in the French left was that François Hollande would need an aeroplane carrying Dominique...

  32. October 19, 2011

    Eurozone leaders meet in Frankfurt

    France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Frankfurt on Wednesday night for an emergency meeting with leading players in the...

  33. Brussels Blog

    October 19, 2011

    [UPDATED] The action moves to Frankfurt

    Demonstrators camping out in front of the ECB in Frankfurt on Wednesday morning. UPDATE 5: The gathering has broken up with...

  34. October 12, 2011

    Sarko needs mother of all comebacks

    Any day now – possibly even by the time you read this, according to chirrupings on Twitter – President Nicolas Sarkozy...

  35. September 22, 2011

    Group Arnault CEO faces funds enquiry

    Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, risks being caught up in a growing political scandal less than a year away from the...

  36. August 12, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Diego Della Valle

    The Milan headquarters of Tod’s is an austere building in the centre of the city that discreetly bears the name of the Della...

  37. May 13, 2011

    The clues in Carla’s clothes

    The Cannes Film Festival has had its first few star-studded days yet it seems to me that the most pressing question thrown...

  38. May 13, 2011

    Cannes you feel the love tonight?

    Jurors Johnnie To, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Linn Ullmann, Robert De Niro, Martina Gusman, Olivier Assayas, Nansun Shi Tin...

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